On the "Stand in the Gap" radio program last week, Sam Rohrer and Gary Dull of the American Pastors Network interviewed an anti-Islam activist named IQ al Rassooli about the terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando earlier this month, which al Rassooli asserted occurred because the shooter, Omar Mateen, was gay (a claim which the FBI disputes) and was seeking to appease Allah in hopes that Allah would make him straight in the afterlife so he could enjoy his 72 virgins.
Every Muslim, al Rassooli proclaimed, supports violent jihad and those who claim that they do not — like President Obama — are simply lying. Anyone who cannot see that, al Rassooli said, belongs in a "mental asylum."
"You know what you have to do?" al Rassooli asked. "You have to close every single mosque. You have to remove every single imam. You must not allow sharia. You must not allow hijab ... This is exactly what needs to be done."
Polls purporting to show that many Muslims do not support the imposition of Sharia are false, he asserted, because those who insist they don't are simply engaging in taqiyya.
"Every Muslim wants Sharia," al Rassooli declared. "The 49 percent [who say they don't] didn't want to tell whoever is asking the question that they support Sharia. It's a deception, it's called taqiyya. Taqiyya is Islamic sanctified religious deception. What do you think Obama is? Obama is all about taqiyya. He lies to protect Islam. Eight years he has been lying to protect Islam. Eight years. This is called taqiyya."
- Jonathan Merritt @ The Atlantic: The Awkward Love Story of Trump and American Evangelicals.
- Sarah E. Jones @ Wall of Separation: The Times, They Are A’Changin’: New Poll Shows Evangelical Voters Acknowledge Cultural Change – But Continue To Resist It.
- Andy Towle @ Towleroad: President Obama Announces Designation of the ‘Stonewall National Monument’ in NYC.
- Brad Reed @ Raw Story: Sarah Palin goes full Alex Jones — and praises UK for defying ‘apocalyptic One World Government’.
- Media Matters: A Laura Ingraham Guest Claims Obama Is "Creating A Nostalgia For Racism".
- Prosperity gospel preacher and Donald Trump "spiritual counselor" Paula White says that the "hand of God" is on Trump's presidential campaign.
- "Did those homosexuals that were killed in that night club deserve to die?" asks Dave Daubenmire. "Only God knows," he answers.
- Michael Bresciani says that President Obama has an "antichrist" agenda: "Advancing the homo-agenda, assaulting the God given order of marriage between one man and one woman and adding to the slaughter of even more un-born babies after approaching the total of 55 million since 1973 – this is antichrist."
- Jennifer LeClaire has some thoughts about what happened in Orlando: "Clearly, Jezebel is one of the princes in Orlando and, despite all the teaching, the body of Christ has largely has tolerated this spirit. Tolerating Jezebel opens a portal of hell, allowing all manner of destruction."
- Finally, Theodore Shoebat makes a bold prediction about the ramifications of Brexit: "Britain Just Left The EU, And This Will Eventually Lead To A Revived Nazi Germany That Will Go To War With Christendom."
On Wednesday, Maricopa County, Arizona, sheriff Joe Arpaio joined conservative radio host Howie Carr for the anti-immigrant hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform’s annual “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” radio row to discuss Arpaio’s self-styled “concentration camp” and his endorsement of Donald Trump.
“You know, the usual suspects and the lawyers are coming into court and saying that the inmates are suffering terribly in your jails with the extreme weather in Arizona, you know,” Carr said. “Yeah, that always brings a smile to my face when I read these stories.”
Arpaio defended his methods. “I know, I was just in the tents two days ago, it was 136 degrees and I drank the Gatorade that I gave all the inmates, so you know what my answer is? Our men and women are fighting for our country, uh, live in tents, so shut your mouth,” Arpaio said, reminding Carr that “all these other guys are convicted.”
Arpaio, who notoriously makes inmates wear pink underwear and socks, said he is planning to add U.S. flags to their uniforms.
“I’ll give you a scoop: I’m going to put American flags — I was going to do it on my birthday but I didn’t want to get involved because of what happened in Florida — but on Fourth of July, every inmate is going to wear an American flag on their uniform.”
“So it was 136 degrees in those tents the last time you were in there, huh?” Carr asked.
“Two days ago,” Arpaio responded.
“Oh, my heart’s breaking,” Carr joked. “I wish we could cue some violin music here, it’s so terrible. This is cruel and unusual punishment, a violation of their Eighth Amendment rights, you know, come on, Sheriff.”
After laughing, Arpaio said, “Well, that’s the way it is.”
Arpaio also praised Donald Trump, claiming that while he has fallen behind Hillary Clinton in recent polling, his numbers have been “pretty good with all the heat he’s been taking. So he’ll come back strong, he’s a winner, and I like the guy, he’s the only candidate that I’ve endorsed that I really, really – I like ‘em all, but I really, this is something special that I noticed in him. He’s a great guy and a fighter and he’s gonna win.”
Arpaio boasted to Carr that he had "chewed out some Republicans at a Trump rally" he spoke at in Arizona on Saturday, criticizing them for offering only tepid endorsements of the presumptive GOP nominee.
“They always say they’re gonna endorse the nominee,” Arpaio said. “I guess when you endorse someone, should you not mention the name of the guy you’re endorsing, at least build up his name ID? Why wouldn’t they say, ‘I’m endorsing Donald Trump for president?' Why is it always ‘the nominee’ without using his name? You know why and I know why.”
Arpaio continued, “Let’s knock off the personal feelings, let’s knock off the jealousy. Let’s, you know, forget that you have losers out there. He’s a winner, and let’s get with him.”
The Supreme Court issued a 4-4 tied ruling yesterday that by default upheld a lower court decision that had halted President Obama’s effort to provide temporary deportation relief to about five million undocumented immigrants whose children are U.S. citizens or greencard holders.
“Seldom have the hopes of so many been crushed by so few words,” attorney Walter Dellinger told The New York Times, referring to the nine-word decision upholding the lower court’s ruling.
The tie — which, while devastating for millions, does not set a national precedent, but does leave in place a nationwide injunction against the executive actions — was the result of a court that has been operating with only eight justices since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February. This is thanks to an unprecedented campaign of obstruction by Senate Republicans, who have refused to so much as hold a hearing on Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee to fill the seat.
Yesterday’s ruling was exactly what those pushing for Republicans to hold a Supreme Court seat open for the next president — who they hope will be the fiercely anti-immigrant Donald Trump — were hoping for. In a blog post for the National Review today, Carrie Severino, whose Judicial Crisis Network has been the primary outside group pressuring Republicans to block Garland’s nomination, writes that it is thanks to Senate Majority Mitch McConnell, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and their allies in obstruction that millions of immigrants are now faced with more legal uncertainty:
Leader McConnell, Senator Grassley, and all the GOP Senators who have stood firm on this nomination should get much of the credit for today’s decision. They have upheld their own oaths to support and defend the Constitution, and deserve our thanks.
Keep in mind that just a few months ago Severino’s group was arguing that their effort to keep the Supreme Court seat open had nothing to do with politics but was instead a high-minded effort to let “the people decide” who the next justice would be in the next presidential election. (Never mind that the people had already decided to reelect President Obama.)
Trump hit on a similar message in his response to the ruling, saying, “The election, and the Supreme Court appointments that come with it will decide whether or not we have a border and, hence, a country.”
Yesterday, Rick Wiles appeared on “The Jim Bakker Show” to discuss the threat of ISIS in America after the attack at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando.
Wiles, who hosts the conspiracy theory radio program “Trunews,” said that he also thought that Christina Grimmie, a singer who was murdered in Orlando by an obsessed fan, was targeted by ISIS. “The very first thought I had when I heard about it was, ‘Was it an Islamic attack?’ Now, there’s been no reports about it. That story disappeared because it was overshadowed by the Orlando massacre. But a guy just walked up at the end of a concert and shot her for no reason. The reason I instantly considered the possibility it was a hit because just days before that killing ISIS had published a kill list.”
Later, Bakker and Wiles agreed that martial law is coming to America, which Bakker cited as a reason for viewers to purchase his ministry’s survival food buckets.
“We are one crisis from martial law,” Wiles said, warning that U.S. officials will use martial law to stay in office indefinitely and that the upcoming election “possibly could be postponed.”
Wiles went on to mention a discredited story about the supposed arrest of “a Middle Eastern woman who had in her possession the drawings and plans of natural gas pipelines.”
“We’re headed this summer, I am convinced, this summer and fall, unless God intervenes, this is going to be the bloodiest, goriest time in America since the Civil War, this summer and fall,” he said. “If God does not intervene, Jim, this summer and fall will be the bloodiest since the Civil War.”
On Kevin Miller’s radio show during the Federation for American Immigration Reform’s (FAIR) annual “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” radio row, FAIR president Dan Stein claimed that undocumented immigrants make neighborhoods unsafe, decrease the quality of schools, and drive out residents.
“It’s so important not to take for granted the quality of life you have, because when immigration is out of control – usually it’s fueled by commercial interests, but when it’s out of control, it happens very quickly, and the first thing that happens is, you know, the zoning rules get decompromised and suddenly your housing stock is overcrowded,” Stein said. “People here illegally, in order to compete, have to live in, you know, multi-family housing, they have to crowd into overcrowded housing conditions so they can work really cheap. That, in turn, affects your schools, the schools in turn affect, you know, the quality of the tax base, people who want to stay in that school system, that ripples throughout and pretty soon, what was a nice, safe neighborhood is no longer a safe neighborhood.”
Stein continued, “Often, the very factors that make your community desirable can lead to its being destroyed effectively by the fact that it is desirable and the fact that people take it for granted. Immigration control is the granddaddy of all national zoning ordinances, really, because if you don’t have effective perimeter control, you really can’t take care of your future.”
Stein praised the United States’ “spirit of independence” but said “freedom is something that has to be vigilantly watched.”
“If immigration levels are too high and people coming in essentially kind of challenge the status quo, cultural status quo, then pretty soon, we find ourselves assimilating into their ideas and not the other way around,” Stein said.
James Dobson dedicated his radio program today to railing against the guidelines released by the Obama administration advising public schools on the rights of transgender students, asserting that it was part of an effort by President Obama to sow chaos so that he can impose tyranny upon the country.
"It seems like everything he's tried to do has been to move us toward chaos," Dobson said. "Chaos in the military. Chaos in medicine, certainly. Chaos in the family, in marriage. Chaos in the judiciary and in the courts. Chaos in the economy. Chaos in every branch of government. Chaos in education, from kindergarten through the largest and most influential of the universities. It's been chaos and now he's trying to tell parents how to raise their children and that will be the most chaotic of all because that leads towards the next generation. He gets control of the next generation, then his predecessors will have an easier time of controlling us and that is what it comes down to. It comes down to tyranny."
"If the people have to take a choice between chaos and tyranny, they will always choose tyranny because chaos is unpredictable and tyranny is generally not, even when you're under an oppressive regime," Dobson continued. "I think control is what it comes down to."
"The history of America has been a people who had a passion for freedom," he concluded. "They were not willing to be tyrannized, they fought a revolutionary war because they were being oppressed and tyrannized and we're moving in that direction. I'm not calling for a revolution, but I am saying we better stand up and fight because we're losing something precious to us; it's called liberty."
- Michael Farris @ Washington Post: I helped start the Moral Majority. Trump is the opposite of what we wanted.
- Ken Meyer @ Mediaite: ‘Radical Islam Killed These People!’: Gohmert Angrily Tries to Shout Down Protesting House Dems.
- Eric Hananoki @ Media Matters: CNN Reportedly Hiring Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s Former Anti-Press Enforcer.
- Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: Marco Rubio’s first day as a new candidate wasn’t easy.
- Warren Throckmorton @ The Daily Caller: Donald Trump Looks For Political Salvation From Evangelical Leaders.
- Bryan Fischer explains why gay people should be allowed to own guns but not get married: "I support every constitutional right homosexuals possess, I oppose the granting of unconstitutional special rights that are predicated on sexually abnormal behavior. There is no constitutional right, for instance, for one homosexual to marry another."
- David and Jason Benham brought their even more radical father Flip to the meeting that Donald Trump held with hundreds of Religious Right activists earlier this week.
- The AFA's Walker Wildmon is very hurt by his "fellow Christians who are in the ‘Never Trump’ camp were quick to criticize the over 900 brothers and sisters who met with Mr. Trump."
- Jennifer LeClaire helpfully explains "why so many people think Madonna is the Antichrist."
- Finally, Cliff Kincaid declares that President Obama is a much bigger charlatan than Trump because he "has misled many young people, such as those at the National History Fair, who thought Barack Hussein Obama Sr. was a scoundrel who had deserted him. It turns out that the Kenyan Obama had not abandoned the family because the family was not his. The real father was Frank Marshall Davis, whose background in the Communist Party and support for 'Red Russia' had made it impossible for Obama to credit as a fatherly influence."
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